12/18/2012 - Underclassmen can file paperwork with the NFL to see where scouts project they will go in the draft. Bailey said his paperwork indicated he would be a third round pick. "Just to be drafted period is a huge blessing," Bailey said. "Seeing that made me happy, but of course I would like to go higher." How can Bailey go higher? It will be determined by his performance at the NFL combine. He will need to test well and interview well with potential employers. "I know that will tie into things like the combine," Bailey said. "I will look forward to the offseason to perform as best I can at the combine, which would help me go higher." Bailey will leave WVU after the Pinstripe Bowl and begin his offseason preparation for the NFL combine. First, he and the rest of his teammates look to close out the season with a win over Syracuse. - Scott Grayson, West Virginia Illustrated
12/17/2012 - West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced on Monday that junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey plans to forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail. The Mountaineers will face Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 29. Bailey is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 14 WR for the 2013 NFL Draft, projecting as a borderline top-100 selection.
Despite battling an ankle injury most of this season, Bailey is among the nation's leaders in every receiving category, including fourth in catches (106), second in receiving yards (1,501) and first in touchdown grabs (23). The FBS record for touchdown receptions in a season is 27 by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech in 1998. Bailey, who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors this season, set numerous school records during his West Virginia career, including 39 career receiving scores. He set several single-game highs against Baylor earlier this season with 13 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns.
With QB Geno Smith and WR Tavon Austin graduating, Bailey was expected to test the NFL waters. His relationship with Smith dates to high school where they were teammates at Miramar High School in Miami. After the Mountaineers final home game on Dec. 1, Bailey was uncertain about his football future. "I'm not sure about that yet," Bailey remarked about possibly leaving West Virginia for the NFL. "I do have another year of eligibility. I'm not sure. I'm not sure. As of now, I'm not sure." But after the Mountaineers Bowl Game in a few weeks, Bailey has decided to take his game to the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/17/2012 - West Virginia's record-breaking receiver will forego his final season and enter the NFL draft. The announcement came during coach Dana Holgorsen's pre-Pinstripe Bowl press conference Monday. "I support him fully,'' Holgorsen said. That means the Mountaineers' Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl game against Syracuse will be the last not only for quarterback Geno Smith and receiver Tavon Austin, but the third member of that record-smashing trio, as well.
"At this point my stock probably can't get any higher,'' said Bailey, who filed paperwork with the NFL to see where he stood and was told he was probably a third-round pick. That stock could go higher if Bailey performs well in workouts for NFL and perhaps in the NFL Combines, but were he to return for his senior season it might be a struggle.
He would be playing with a new quarterbacks, a rebuilt offensive line and without the threat of Austin to take away double-teams from opposing defenses. Bailey also recently became a father. "I have a family now and that comes first,'' he said. - Dave Hickman, The Charleston Gazette
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, 5-10 195 Jr., Miramar, FL...Bailey leads the country with 23 touchdown receptions to go along with 106 catches for 1,501 yards. He ranks third in the nation in receiving yards per game (125.1), is tied for third in scoring (11.5) and is fourth in receptions per game (8.8). Bailey is the WVU school record holder in career touchdown catches with 39. - West Virginia football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: WR - Stedman Bailey, junior, West Virginia...Bailey leads the country with 23 touchdown receptions to go along with 106 catches for 1,501 yards. He ranks third in the nation in receiving yards per game (125.1), is tied for third in scoring (11.5) and is fourth in receptions per game (8.8). Bailey is the WVU school record holder in career touchdown catches with 39. - West Virginia football
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, 5-10, 194, Jr., Miramar, Fla., has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Bailey caught 106 passes for 1,501 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns, and is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award presented to college football's top wide receivers. - West Virginia football
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, Jr., Miramar, Fla./Miramar, has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Bailey caught 106 passes for 1,501 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns, and is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award presented to college football's top wide receivers. - West Virginia football
11/25/2012 - WR Stedman Bailey caught his 21st touchdown pass of the season, which leads the nation. Bailey caught passes for 82 yards against Iowa State, giving him 1,342 for the season, a school record.
11/21/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING RECEIVER): Stedman Bailey (West Virginia)...Receiver Stedman Bailey was named one of three finalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award for the nation's outstanding receiver on Monday along with USC's Marqise Lee and Baylor's Terrance Williams. Bailey, who has has 20 touchdowns for West Virginia this season, 88 catches and 1,260 receiving yards, said Coach Dana Holgorsen told him at practice. "Coach Holgorsen pulled me off to the side during practice and whispered it in my ear," said Bailey. "I automatically got excited, because it is a tremendous honor. It is a blessing to have my name with the other two finalists." - Jenn Menendez, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
11/18/2012 - WR Stedman Bailey caught 13 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns. He now has scored 20 touchdowns on the year, six more than any other player in the nation. He is in third place in receptions per game at 8.80.
10/08/2012 - WR Stedman Bailey has 13 touchdown receptions among the 24 TD passes Geno Smith has thrown. That is a single-season record at WVU and the Mountaineers have played only five games. With eight games remaining he is almost halfway to Troy Edwards' single-season record for touchdown receptions, set at Louisiana Tech in 1998 when he caught 27.
10/02/2012 - 10/01/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: WR STEDMAN BAILEY, WEST VIRGINIA...The quarterback, in this case Geno Smith, will always get the attention for most explosive offensive plays and deservedly so, but it's fair to say Smith wouldn't have been as productive last Saturday without the brilliant play by Stedman Bailey. Despite measuring at just 5-10 and 195-pounds, Bailey showed once again why he's one of the best deep threats in the nation, tracking the ball beautifully and making downfield catches it look easy. He finished with 13 catches for 303 receiving yards and scored five times against Baylor, connecting with Smith on throws from 87, 47, 39, 20 and 2 yards. Bailey flashed excellent body control and soft hands to locate the ball and either go up and get it or let it fall into his waiting mitts. While usually he is the deep threat and Tavon Austin is the underneath wideout, Bailey also showed his ability to make defenders miss in the open field, squirting through defenders' arms with quickness and strength. Through four games on the season, he leads the NCAA in touchdown receptions (10) and also became the school's all-time leader in career touchdown grabs with 26 after his performance this past weekend. In a loaded class of junior wideouts, Bailey is a player I wouldn't bet against. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 NCAA NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: In all honesty, take your pick for offensive player of the week from the Baylor-West Virginia shootout on Saturday. West Virginia's quarterback Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns, but it was wide receiver Stedman Bailey who caught five of those scores in addition to his 303 yards receiving. Bailey had set the Big 12 record for receiving yards before Baylor WR Terrance Williams broke it just minutes later. Bailey and Tavon Austin - part of what has become an explosion of outstanding tandem receivers - became the first FBS teammates with 200 yards receiving since 2007. Bailey's five receiving touchdowns also broke the school record. - NCAA.com
09/30/2012 - WR Stedman Bailey now possesses the school all-time record for TD receptions with 26, and it could go a lot higher if he chooses to return next year.
09/16/2012 - WR Stedman Bailey broke the school record for receptions in a single game when he caught 13 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over James Madison.
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Stedman Bailey, West Virgina, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. - The Tallahassee Quarterback Club
07/17/2012 - Top-five West Virginia prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. WR Stedman Bailey...While Austin might just be the most exciting football player in the country, Bailey was actually West Virginia's most reliable and productive receiver a year ago. Bailey, who possesses a more traditional combination of size and speed for NFL scouts to consider, averaged 17.8 yards per reception in 2011, accumulating a school-record 1,279 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns despite catching nearly 30 passes less than Austin. Bailey, a true junior, isn't quite as agile as his more hyped teammate and he lacks the explosive first step that has helped Austin be such a dynamic returner throughout his career. Bailey, however, has a similar "stocky" frame and is a more accomplished route-runner making many of his biggest plays on verticals and deep crossing patterns that will more easily translate into an NFL offense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Stedman Bailey, an acrobatic receiver with large, strong hands, saved the season with a diving catch to set up the game-winning field goal against South Florida, giving him 67 receptions for a school record 1,197 yards. A high school teammate of QB Geno Smith in Miramar, Fla., he caught 11 touchdowns. He's the team's greatest deep threat. - The Sports Xchange